PENSACOLA, Fla. – official event release — Jamie Williams/Speed51.com photo via Augie Grill Racing —
2015 has not been the best of years for two-time Snowball Derby winner Augie Grill.
Perhaps that’s a good thing heading into the 48th annual Snowball Derby on Dec. 6. Despite only a handful of races run this season, Grill heads to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., with the mind frame of winning.
“I like where we are right now,” said Grill. “I think we have hit on a few things here recently and that will have us ready for the Snowball come December. We have only run like nine races this year with me driving, but I have been at the track with our Grand American Race Car customers so we have notes to go on.”
Last year Grill put to bed a five-season string of bad luck that saw the Hayden, Ala., driver fail to finish better than 28th in the prestigious race held at Five Flags Speedway. Over the course of that five year span he only completed 33-percent of the laps run.
“It was not the finish that we wanted, but it was a finish,” said Grill. “It was tough there for a few year with all the problems, bad luck, misfortunes and having that happen sometimes with really fast race cars was hard to swallow.”
Once again in 2015, Grill will pull double-duty on Snowball Derby weekend as he also plans to run the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 on Saturday night. Grill has two wins in the race in 2009 and 2011. He also broke the track record last year with a lap of 16.259. That earned him the pole and he led 72 laps before having mechanical problems.
“The exhaust pipe came loose and we had to park it,” said Grill. “Hopefully we can run as well as we did last year. The record we set was perfect weather conditions. If that gets beat I’ll take my hat off to them.”
In addition to Grill being a two-time winner, his chassis’ have won the last six Snowflake 100’s with the likes of Grill, Chase Elliott and Bubba Pollard.
“I really don’t know how to explain that,” added Grill. “It shows our cars run well with all types of motors and we have been really good in the flake.”
CREDIT: 51 Sports / Snowball Derby